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Archaeologists unearth warrior skeletons in Jutland

The men are believed to have perished during a Danish civil war in the 1530s

December 4th, 2014 10:29 am| by admin

Archaeologists in Aalborg have found the remains of about 15 killed warriors who they believe were part of a battle that took place during Grevens Fejde (the Count's War), a Danish civil war  from 1534-1536.

The find – which consisted of between 10 and 15 adult male skeletons intertwined together – took place a few days ago in the centre of Aalborg on Algade where a new sewer system is being installed as part of new youth housing.

"Because these were all men, we have a hypothesis that the graves are connected to a wartime action,” Stig Bergmann Møller, the museum inspector at the Historical Museum of Northern Jutland, told ”Had it been an epidemic, there would also be skeletons of women and children.”

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Storming of Aalborg
The archaeologists – who have been monitoring the sewer system instalment since November – believe that the men were killed in connection with General Johan Rantzau storming Aalborg in December 1534.

Aside from the skeletons, the archaeologists also found the remains of a Middle Ages church St Peders Kirke and its graveyard, where about 30 graves have been excavated.

Before the skeletons can be confirmed as soldiers, further anthropological tests are required.